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Looking ahead: Wyss vs. Fries in 2014?

With no local or state elections in 2013, politicos inevitably look to scenarios for 2014.

Talk is a year old that Sheriff Ken Fries planned on running for state Senate in seven-term veteran Tom Wyss’ district in the 2014 Republican primary, but the possibility is more recently starting to reverberate around statewide GOP circles. Whether Fries is sticking to his plans is unclear – the phone call to him from a county councilman during a traffic stop did not bring him good publicity.

Nor is it clear that Wyss will seek an eighth term. His campaign committee had nearly $70,000 in the bank at the end of last year, not a bad start for a primary campaign that is a year away. Wyss raised $25,500 in 2012 – a year when he was not on the ballot – but spent most of it for various campaign-related expenses and contributions to political organizations.

If Fries doesn’t run and Wyss decides to retire, other Republican names surfacing include City Councilman Tom Didier and former councilwoman – and mayoral candidate – Liz Brown.

No regulations*

When Mike Pence ran for governor, one of his campaign planks was a moratorium on new regulations. The pledge probably should have been followed by an *.

As a Furthermore on this page in mid-January pointed out, there are exceptions to the no-new-regulations order he issued on his first day in office. And last week, he mentioned two areas where he wants new regulation.

Pence said he supports allowing Indiana’s five “canned hunting” businesses to remain open, but he thinks they should meet certain state standards. That would require new rules.

The governor also supports a bill that would establish new rules for the lone facility in the state that offers an abortion pill.

As previously reported, Pence’s efforts to deregulate some state-licensed professions and occupations also appears to have hit a dead end in this legislative session.

Paul is alive

Or so the vast majority of Americans believe in an otherwise downright scary poll.

Public Policy Polling – which usually conducts quite serious political surveys – decided to poll Americans on 20 well-known conspiracy theories. Only 5 percent believed Paul McCartney died in the 1960s, as purported by a popular theory/rumor that songwriting partner John Lennon may or may not have encouraged. And only slightly more people – 7 percent – believe the 1969 moon landing was faked.

As far as some other results, though, be very afraid.

The poll found 13 percent of voters think President Obama is the Antichrist, and 14 percent blame the CIA for the popularity of crack cocaine in major cities, the same percentage that believes in Bigfoot. Is global warming real? 37 percent overall – and 58 percent of Republicans – say no. While 11 percent of Americans believe the government allowed 9/11 to happen, 28 percent believe Saddam Hussein was involved with 9/11 – and 29 percent believe in aliens.

The poll’s margin of error was 2.8 percent.

Tracy Warner, editorial page editor, has worked at The Journal Gazette since 1981. He can be reached at 461-8113 or by email,